Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd
CSR EXCELLENCE OF THE YEAR
Balmer Lawrie is one such company that has excelled in improving the basic necessities of deprived societies while improving sanitation conditions. Construction of sanitation facilities was one of the major activities undertaken by the company along with other, which draw attention by the Jury for honouring Balmer Lawrie as CSR of the Year. Apparently, Shipping industry also stands ahead of others when it comes to improve the standard of the societies and communities in rebuilding the nation. The award was given away to state-run Balmer Lawrie and Company Limited for their two flagship programmes. Balmer Lawrie Initiative for Self Sustenance (BLISS) and Samaj Mein Balmer Lawrie (SAMBAL) for providing long term economic sustenance for the under privileged and and improving the standards and quality of their life is what the two programmes cater to. Under these programmes, schools were adopted, homes, water tanks and toilets were constructed in the communities where people did not have these basic facilities. Under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, about 300 toilets were constructed across India at primary schools that helped address the problem of open defecation. Balmer Lawrie also extended support to projects focussed on the upliftment of tribal students run by friends of Tribal Society know as EKAL Vidyalayas. In its effort to promote girl child education, the firm also funded the construction of a school in Mogapair near Chennai to ensure girl children from marginalised communities gain access to the gift of education. Balmer Lawrie supports two family homes at
SOS children's village one each in Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. Two class rooms have been sponsored under the Corporate Leverage and Support Scheme of Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy for supporting the differently abled, particularly children suffering from Cerebral Palsy.
(L to R) Representative from Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd; Manas
Kumar Ganguly, COO, Balmer Lawrie & Co
Ltd; Umesh Grover,
CFSAI; Raj Khalid, India Representative, Port of Antwerp, Representative from Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd,